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Sep 13, 2012
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Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Church to choose new pope in December

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(The body of Pope Shenouda III, the head of Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Church, is displayed for public viewing inside the Abbasiya Cathedral in Cairo March 18, 2012. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh)

Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Church will choose a new pope on December 2, after Pope Shenouda who led the church for four decades died in March and left many Christians worrying about their rights under an Islamist-led government.

Sep 13, 2012

U.S. embassies attacked in Yemen, Egypt after Libya envoy killed

SANAA/CAIRO, Sept 13 (Reuters) – Demonstrators attacked the
U.S. embassies in Yemen and Egypt on Thursday in protest at a
film they consider blasphemous to Islam and American warships
headed to Libya after the death of the U.S. ambassador there in
related violence earlier in the week.

Hundreds of Yemeni demonstrators broke through the main gate
of the heavily fortified compound in eastern Sanaa, shouting “We
sacrifice ourselves for you, Messenger of God”. Earlier they
smashed windows of security offices outside the embassy and
burned cars.

Sep 13, 2012

Egypt’s Mursi condemns embassy attack, protesters clash

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s president said on Thursday he supported peaceful protest but not attacks on embassies, after Egyptians angry at a film deemed insulting to the Prophet Mohammad climbed into the U.S. embassy in Cairo and tore down the American flag.

Highlighting the challenge facing President Mohamed Mursi, demonstrators hurled stones at a police cordon blocking their approach to the fortress-like embassy as his televised address was broadcast on Thursday. Police fired teargas back.

Sep 11, 2012

EU states working on new Iran sanctions, Hague says

CAIRO (Reuters) – European Union states are putting together a new set of sanctions to increase pressure on Iran to give up its controversial nuclear activity, British Foreign Secretary William Hague told Reuters on Tuesday.

“We are working on those sanctions … quite urgently and I hope we will be able to discuss them further when we meet again in the middle of October,” he said in an interview at the British embassy in Cairo.

Sep 9, 2012

Egypt sees IMF deal in two months, eyes World Bank aid

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s prime minister expects to conclude a $4.8 billion IMF loan deal within two months and is in talks for additional budget support worth about $1 billion from the World Bank and the African Development Bank (AfDB), he said on Sunday.

Egypt has had on-off negotiations with the International Monetary Fund since last year, when a popular uprising unseated the country’s president and sent the economy into a tailspin.

Sep 9, 2012

Egypt’s PM to put economic focus on growth, deficit cut

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s new prime minister said on Sunday he was finalising an economic reform plan that would rein in hefty subsidies and said the economy is expected to grow in the current financial year by 3 to 4 percent or more if investment goals are achieved.

Hisham Kandil told Reuters in a rare interview that the government aims to cut the budget deficit, now running at about 8 percent of gross domestic product, by 1 percentage point in two years although he said that target was “dynamic”.

Sep 9, 2012

Exclusive: Egypt’s PM to put economic focus on growth, deficit cut

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s new prime minister said on Sunday he was finalizing an economic reform plan that would rein in hefty subsidies and said the economy is expected to grow in the current financial year by 3 to 4 percent or more if investment goals are achieved.

Hisham Kandil told Reuters in a rare interview that the government aims to cut the budget deficit, now running at about 8 percent of gross domestic product, by 1 percentage point in two years although he said that target was “dynamic”.

Aug 14, 2012

Egypt’s Mursi seizes early chance to take on army

CAIRO, Aug 14 (Reuters) – A blunder by the Egyptian army
that left 16 border guards dead at the hands of Islamist
militants gave President Mohamed Mursi an unexpectedly early
chance to claw back powers from a military whose political
influence he had always wanted to restrict.

A week after the raid on Egypt’s Sinai border that outraged
ordinary Egyptians and some soldiers, angry at what they saw as
a failure in military leadership, Mursi on Sunday dismissed the
country’s two top generals and tore up an army decree that had
curbed his powers.

Aug 14, 2012

Egypt president sweeps out army rulers

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi has driven back the biggest challenge to civilian rule by dismissing top generals and tearing up their legal attempt to curb his power in a bold bid to end 60 years of military leadership.

Taking the country by surprise, Mursi pushed Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi into retirement. The 76-year-old figurehead of the old order, he took charge of the biggest Arab nation when Hosni Mubarak fell last year and remained head of its powerful, ad hoc military council after the Islamist was elected in June.

Jul 13, 2012

As Egypt leaders feud, economy heads toward cliff

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s new Islamist president and his old military foes have come out swinging in a struggle for political power, but their countrymen need them to find a way to work together to avert economic chaos.

In the two weeks since his inauguration, President Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood has openly defied the entrenched military by summoning the Islamist-led parliament the generals dismissed on the eve of his election.

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      "Responsible for Reuters coverage from Egypt and Sudan, and overseeing operations of the Cairo-based Reuters Arabic language service. Previously was Bureau Chief, Iran. Have worked throughout the Middle East for most of the past 15 years, including covering the Iraq war and Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Have also covered financial and energy affairs, holding positions that inlude equities reporter in London."
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